KIDZ Galaxy lands in Lahaina
The Wharf Cinema Center welcomes a crop of young artists with the opening of KIDZ Galaxy, located on the second floor of the mall. An energetic group of Sacred Hearts students have transformed a once vacant space into a vibrant gallery dotted with color and social commentary.
The young artists are also learning what it takes to run a gallery - without money. The kids will handle all aspects from inventory selection and handling, to display and exhibition. Guiding this grassroots project is local author Bonnie Nelson, who has more than 20 years of experience in the art business.
“Good and Plenty”
by Peter and Madeline Powell
by Linda Johnston
The public is welcome to the gallery's grand opening celebration at 6 p.m. Friday, featuring guest artist Stano Jenco. The students plan to host additional artists for demonstrations and special appearances.
Also on hand will be Miss Lokelani, Erika Daniels, signing autographs as she underscores her platform of Domestic Peace in our Islands. Daniels will compete for the Miss Hawaii crown in June.
The artwork may be viewed at www.cheetahalliance.com. The Cheetah Alliance's goal is to bring awareness of our impact on the environment and to work in harmony with nature, rather than destroying it. The Web site gives children and adults alike the opportunity to create their own personality on line. Membership to the Cheetah Alliance is free.
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For the second consecutive year, Maui Hands has been selected for the 2009 Best of Lahaina Award in the Art Galleries & Dealers category by the U.S. Local Business Association.
The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Maui Hands currently represents more than 300 fine artists, artisans, jewelers, woodworkers, glassblowers, potters and sculptors, all local to Hawaii. With four locations, Maui Hands showcases fine art and home furnishings including garden art, carpets, lamps, local hardwood furniture, kitchen and bath accessories in glass, basketry, pottery and distinctive Hawaiian gifts.
For details, visit www.mauihands.com.
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Maui Crafts Guild is featuring Stephen Levine now through June 4. A self-taught photographer, Levine lived in Alaska, Micronesia and Kauai before moving to Maui in 1997. He now lives in the shadow of Haleakala, taking most of his pictures Upcountry.
The gallery is at 69 Hana Highway in Paia. For details, call 579-9697 or visit www.mauicraftsguild.com.
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The culmination of nearly three years of research and preliminary sketches has resulted in Molokai artist Linda Johnston's depiction of Blessed Damien in the prime of his life and work, looking up to the heavens in prayer for the patients at Kalaupapa Settlement. The artist studied books on Damien's life to form a connection with the spirit and energy of his work.
Prints and products based on the portrait are available at Molokai Artists & Crafters Guild Gallery and online at www.blesseddamienofmolokai.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Blessed Damien Church Building Fund.
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Lahaina Galleries welcomes Peter and Madeline Powell to its family of artists. Meet the Powells at Lahaina Galleries' 828 Front Street location in Lahaina from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. This husband-and-wife team have wed exacting technical photorealism to the sensual memories of one's childhood and nostalgia.
In addition to the Powells, meet "The Twins," Alessio and Marcello Bugagiar. Stepped in the traditions of their native Italy, the duo reinterpret classical themes resulting in a blend of Old World sophistication with the natural feel of the islands.
Art lovers will have a chance to meet Sue Perry and Ronaldo Macedo during Wailea on Wednesdays at Lahaina Galleries' location in the upper level of The Shops at Wailea.
Perry cultivated her artistic talent after her children were old enough to attend school. Using only a palette knife to apply paint to the canvas, she creates unique oil paintings full of life and beauty, according to a gallery release.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Macedo has made Maui his home since 1989. Macedo often paints open air on small boards using rapid brush strokes. He may stay out all day to watch the changing light only to return to the studio on another day to use his boards as a form of notes, modifying and combining images as he paints more complete works on large canvases.
For details, visit www.lahainagalleries.com.